Have you been to the wettest place on earth? Well, I can now announce that I have.
After seeing the cleanest river and villages, it was time to break more records, that’s how Cherrapunjee formed part of my north east Indian itinerary, however unplanned, random and haphazard it was. Well, that’s how I travel – no fixed plans, no pre-bookings, no confirmed routes – well, mostly, it is certainly not a good idea if you are looking to steal a deal.
Situated in the east khasi hills district of Meghalaya (adobe of clouds), this paradise on earth is definitely worth a visit. Even though Cherrapunjee is credited as the place with most rainfall in a calendar month and the wettest place on earth, in reality it is the nearby town of Mawsynram which steals this title.
Just driving around misty winding roads of Cherrapunjee has a special charm to it. We were awe-stuck by the sheer beauty and greenery of the place. You will find waterfalls and mountains till as far as the eyes could see with mystical monsoon clouds hovering right over you! Doesn’t it sound simply magical? Well, it was!
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Exploring Cherrapunjee, the wettest place on earth in 24 hours
Certainly spending a few days in Sohra, Cherrapunjee is ideal but we had 2 nights and a single day to sight-see. Obviously we used the little time we had on our 2nd day as well to do some early morning hiking and maximize our time there. We were able to see almost all of the major attractions by hiring a local car for full day at our disposal. It didn’t feel rushed at all and is do-able in 1.5 days. We wanted to spend more time in Nongriat, where we went for our 5 hour morning hike, but atleast we got a decent flavor of this wet, romantic destination.
Exploring the lovely Mawsmai cave was simply fantastic. Needless to say, it was wet and raining almost all through our stay so it actually felt cozier inside the dark dingy cave. At one point we even had to get on our knees to make it to the other side. Wear comfy clothes and shoes and prepare to get dirty! It’s all worth it and well, I am almost always wearing basic casuals while traveling so I don’t mind a bit of rain or dirt especially as I love adventures and getting off the beaten path(not that I own any Gucci suits, but you get my drift,right?).
At one place there was this amazing gaping hole right above us with rain drops falling through it. This was a really pretty sight and well standing below it also felt like you are being abducted by an alien space ship. On a more positive note, it also ironically denoted that their is light at the end of the tunnel.
I wasn’t expecting much from a man made attraction but it only enhanced the natural wonders of Cherrapunjee so I would actually recommend visiting the eco tourism park. Lovely streams flow through the park and you can cross bridges to go to the other side.
From one view point, you can enjoy the view of Bangladesh, while on another is the mesmerizing canyon from where the waterfalls start. You can literally go up right to the edge and see the powerful flow of waterwalls and the entire valley beneath, dotted with streams, falls and foliage. This is quite a sight.
Double Decker Living Root Bridges Nongriyat
This was hands down my best experience in North East. Nongriat is truly off beat as it is difficult to reach. You are looking at around 6000 steep steps, bridges and a tough hike to the double decker living root bridge.
It is well rewarded but certainly not for the lazy bums. I wrote in details about this amazing paradise of the seven sisters here.
Seven Sisters or Noh-Sngithiang Falls
Noh-Sngithiang or the commonly termed seven sisters fall is a seven segmented 315m tall waterfall. This makes Noh-Sngithiang one of the top 10 tallest waterfalls in the entire country. Due to its location in Mawsmai, it is also sometimes known as Mawsmai falls.
It was raining heavily and quite windy as we reached Thangkharang park, which meant there was absolutely not a soul in sight – Now, that’s a big win. My hubby and I both prefer isolated places so when we find a touristy place empty, it’s so much more fun to explore. I almost lost our rented umbrella in the wind but hey – all part of the experience.
Their green house was not so impressive but the amazing view points were something else. Imagine being literally blown away by the wind and rains whilst watching gazing into surreal valleys which come to life with the onset of rains. From here, you can catch a lovely view of Kynrem falls.
Tip – Carry a rainjacket, umbrella, rain boots and quick dry clothes. It can rain anytime in Cherrapunjee and you will enjoy your explorations much more if you are well prepared.
It’s no wonder that the wettest place on earth is thriving with stunning waterfalls and cloudy skies. There are many more waterfalls and caves to be explored further up in the hills and if you have an extra couple of days to explore.